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David Starkey's Six Wives Of Henry The Eighth: Complete Series [DVD]

Steven Clarke , Mary Cranitch    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Steven Clarke, Mary Cranitch, Louise Wardle, Nick White
  • Producers: Mark Fielder
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 195 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000695JN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,775 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Historian and presenter, David Starkey, in a four disk collection, looks at the six wives of King Henry VIII and assesses whether they were weak victims of a tyrranical king or whether they deserve respect for their behaviour when faced with exile or death.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starkey's grapple with the titan of all King's 2 Mar 2004
David Starkey is well known within the field of history, and much lampooned for his delivery on satrical shows like Dead Ringers. However, he hits his stride both here, and in the following documentary Elizabeth.
I'd recommend that his books act as the perfect companion to, if you want to view it this way, as the movie version of the story of Henry VIII. A turbulent King, who shakes up the nature of the country never to be the same again, and driven by the lack of a successor to the throne, goes through several wives, before eventually becoming driven by greed and vice.
As a ex-A Level student of the Tudor period, I originally came to the series as revision for my study. Not only is it essential viewing for anyone studying the period for history, it is probably the definitive study of Henry VIII in visual form. The re-enactment of Tudor times serves as background to Starkey's detailed and enlightening anaylsis.
DVD extras are few sadly, but a commentary would defy the point, and the clearance rights on including any other documentaries on Henry VII would serve to detract from the quality of this product. Perhaps as an extension to this four part documentary is the "Burning Convictions" episode of A History Of Britain by Simon Schama, which shows the consequence of Henry's upturning of the church
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Enthralling, Enjoyable 27 Oct 2005
Dr David Starkey brings history alive in this superb addition to any historians DVD collection. I am always looking for fun resources to use with my classes so that the story of English history can be told in an imaginative, engaging and colourful way. I bought this set [with Elizabeth as the second of the pair] to refresh my memory of one or two points over half term before I taught Henry VIII once more. I have to say once episode one had started I only paused to refill the wine glass.
The series is informative, well supported by elaborate costumes, filmed using a variety of excellent and appropriate locations and filled with detailed factual accounts and intriguing thoughts on a number of knotty questions. What was the truth behind this claim or that plot?
I will certainly be using this set to enhance my history lessons, ten minutes here and a couple of scenes there to ensure students understand what the court of Tudor England may have looked like. Fully recommended, Starkey is a senior historian who is both fascinating to professionals but enjoyed by a much wider audience as his book sales and TV audiences suggest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For School Children 8 July 2004
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Anyone familiar with the work of David Starkey will appreciate this series.
Told in a very engaging and no nonsense tone, making very complicated and unintelligable source material, a favourite of primary and secondary school history (When I was at school) leap of the page and into your imaginantion.
Its laid out in order of wife, with a full episode devoted to Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour.
The series is introduced by David, and he guides the veiwer along with anecdotes and quotes taken from the source material, which give a depth to the historic figures, allowing you to empathise and perhaps understand their motivations and actions.
Before the material seemed a little dry, and devoid of interest, with the figure of Henry VIII a comic and perhaps comical character. But here all the people are portrayed as ordinary people (In the aristocratic sense) with flaws and vices, but also with feelings and emotions, i.e like us.
An extremely factual and interesting series, recommended to adults as well as children. David Starkey is the history teacher you wish you'd had at school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful DVD 23 May 2010
By Rebecca
When you learnt about Henry VIII you always thought he was horrid and always to blame but now you can see it was not always his thought. I used to think he made desicions by himself but he was alot if the time inflouenced by others. Take changing to the church of England , Anne Boyleyn changed his mind just to become queen and get her enimies back. This series was fantasic. It gave you a lot of information and was not boring. It was intresting. It gave you an in sight of what the tudor court was like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting 25 Aug 2005
By bernie VINE VOICE
If you know the history then you will enjoy this interpretation. If not you can take this as your history and learn of the reasoning and lack of behind this great time in history.

Riveting is to say the least as you expect this to be a documentary. Upon viewing you find that it is anything but. As with all BBC productions there is no equivalent. A few liberties were taken with history but you just do not care because you are too busy kibitzing.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII can not be told in less than six programs. Each program or play has an appropriate title that explains the next queen. If the quality of the writing varies that is because they have different writers and it shows. When I first say that the episode "Catherine of Aragon" was written by Rosemary Ann Sission I knew we had a winner as she was also the screen writer for "Strong Poison" in the Lord Peter Wimsey (1987) (TV) series. So you can image how amazed I was to find that the episode "Anne Boleyn" was written even stronger.

The unifying element is Keith Michell who plays a spoiled brat oops I mean Henry VIII. He starts out clean shaven in his pageboy hairstyle and ends up as scruffy as his personality by the last play. It helps to have some background information of the time and place. Yet they fill it in well as they describe the current events and how they were influences by Henry VIII and his Six Wives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. Tx. :-)
Published 9 days ago by Jan Markovic
4.0 out of 5 stars very factual yet intriguing
The dvd is extremely factual even with details which normally woudlnt be thought of. This is partly what makes it so interesting,the other parts are that all the actors are... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The product itself was excellent. The only problem was it was region 2 (Uk) not region 4 (Australia). this wasnt explained on the site. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Zolly
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 + 6
david starky on form and on his favorite subject. 4 episodes in this series about the wives of henery 8. Read more
Published 23 months ago by knitter
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
well david starkey has done it again, what a fab dvd with mr starkey doing the narration and actors playing the parts. Read more
Published on 13 April 2011 by e suffolk
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting DVD
A very enjoyable series detailing the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII. I read some of David Starkey's book 'The Six Wives Of Henry VIII' and enjoyed it so much I decided to... Read more
Published on 29 July 2005 by R. K. Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars Henry VIII (Dr. Starkey)
This was quite good, but in my opinion he left out very important background like the people who surrounded Henry, and why it was so vital that he produced an heir, a son, for it... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable!
I found this documentary very interesting. Details of each of Henry's wives is explained in great detail by Dr Starkey himself. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2004 by Gem
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